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Illamasqua Beguile Pure Pigment

Illamasqua Beguile Pure Pigment
Illamasqua Beguile Pure Pigment

Illamasqua Theatre of the Nameless: Beguile Pure Pigment

Illamasqua Beguile Pure Pigment ($24.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “shimmering white pearl.” It’s a bright, silvery white with multi-colored reflects with a sandy texture. It’s grittier than their other Pure Pigments–the texture is more like a micro-glitter but slightly more refined. It’s reminiscent of OCC Mirrorball, but Mirrorball has a grayish-blue base, so it has a darker appearance.

I love, love, loved the idea of Beguile. Like NYX Ice Glitter Nail Polish, this twinkles and looks phenomenal in person, because it needs movement to really come alive. Unfortunately, the texture makes it harder to apply. It’s definitely not something you could apply dry without some sort of adhesive base; it winds up all over your face and just doesn’t stick without something more.  Even when I used a mixing medium, I still had some fall out during the day. I’d also recommend using it over another color (even if it’s neutral, like a beige), because it doesn’t create a solid base color easily.

With this product, Illamasqua says it can be used dry or wet, but I’d argue you can’t use it dry, which pulled down the product’s score a fair amount.  I tend not to provide ratings for glitters, because they’re less of a standalone product–they do need another product in order to perform well typically.  However, this is touted as part of the brand’s Pure Pigment formula and line, and if that’s the case, this particular shade falls short of those.

Beguile
Beguile
7
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6
Longevity
3
Application
71%
Total

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NYX Ice Glitter (209) Salon Formula Nail Polish

NYX Ice Glitter (209) Salon Formula Nail Polish
NYX Ice Glitter (209) Salon Formula Nail Polish

NYX Ice Glitter (209) Salon Formula Nail Polish

NYX Ice Glitter (209) Salon Formula Nail Polish ($4.00 for 0.52 fl. oz.) is a holographic glitter polish with small particle glitter and larger hexagonal particles all suspended in a clear base. It looks almost silver, but then the particles give off a rainbow reflection. I wish the photos turned out better, because it’s so stunning in person–it dazzles and shimmers and shines. The effect is gorgeous!

This is a newly released formula by NYX, and if you have any Deborah Lippmann polishes, the bottle is going to seem more than familiar. The major difference is the cap; NYX has a glossy black cap, while Deborah Lippmann has a rubberized cap (so it has a matte black finish), and the latter is easier to hold. I tested out NYX’s formula this past week using two different shades (a shimmer on one hand, this glittery shade on the other), and I didn’t have any wear issues, just minor tip wear after seven days.

Ice Glitter has a thin consistency, which is different than a lot of other glitters like this one, because they tend to have thicker, almost gel-like bases, which often assist in giving the glitter better distribution on the nail. I felt like a thicker base would have helped pull the glitter more evenly, but I still felt like the distribution was decent overall with the thinner consistency. The thinner quality makes it easier to layer without building up too much thickness on the actual nail. As you’d expect, removal is no picnic, and you’ll want to give the remover some time to soak and break down the polish before actually pulling the polish off.

P.S. — Please forgive the random red glitters; this was the seventh or eighth glitter polish I swatched for photos.

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
89%
Total

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What We’re Wearing, Vol. 037

What We’re Wearing, Vol. 037

For me:  I was using some shu uemura eyeshadows for a bronzy-gold look with some glitter, which did some cool reflective things, but did have a bit of fall out, so it was a catch-22 situation. Loved it… but still frustrated a bit! Paired it with a red lip!

What was your favorite look you wore this week?

WKW for shu uemura: Wong Kar Wai Holiday 2011 Collection


WKW for shu uemura: Wong Kar Wai Holiday 2011 Collection

Glitter Mascara ($30.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Golden Masquerade Gold glitter in clear base

Lustrous Glow Powder ($55.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Rouge Luster Warm rosy glow

False Eyelash (Limited Edition)

  • Dance in Glitter ($75.00)
  • Jeweled Love ($27.00)

Rouge Unlimited ($26.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Rouge Luster Tender red with gold shimmer
  • Pink Flush Warm pink with a glossy finish
  • Glitter Fuse Beige with golden dust

Mini Nail Duo ($32.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Festive Rouge Pearly warm and deep rouge meets golden charm
  • Bleu Splendor Starry shine in a midnight blue Christmas sky

Flashing Gold Mini Brush Set ($69.00) (Limited Edition)

A light, soft and handy portable brush set for any kind of party, printed with an exclusive image from “Mask.” Includes four professional brushes and case.

Brightening Cleansing Oil Advanced Formula ($80.00) (Limited Edition)

Like watching a scene from “Mask,” an exquisite image decorates this edition of brightening cleansing oil. The perfect way to end a festive day–gently remove your make-up with cleansing oil for beautiful, shining skin.

Eye & Cheek Palette (International Only, $85.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Burning in Water Shimmery blue, classic blue with silver sparkles, deep aqua
  • Drowning in Flame Tender rose, golden dust, warmth

availability: October 18th, 2011 @ shuuemura-usa.com; eye & cheek palettes may not be available in U.S. (press release for U.S. does not mention them, but they were included in the digital image kit–will confirm soon!)

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